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Begonia 'Venetian Red' (Begonia 'Venetian Red')

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.3m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Begonia 'Venetian Red'

Other names

Begonia 'Venetian Red', Rex begonia 'Venetian Red', King begonia 'Venetian Red', Painted-leaf begonia 'Venetian Red'

Genus

Begonia Begonia

Variety or Cultivar

'Venetian Red' _ 'Venetian Red' is a tender, rhizomatous, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with large, irregularly lobed, grey-green leaves turning deep red with black-edged, white veins. Panicles of pink flowers bloom in winter.


Begonia 'Venetian Red' is: Evergreen

Fragrance

The flowers are scented

Habit

Clump-forming

Flower

Pink in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green, Dark-red, Veined in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Mealybugs , Thrips , Vine weevil Aphids , Caterpillars , Mealybugs , Thrips , Vine weevil

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Little to no pruning required. Remove faded leaves as necessary.

Propagation methods

Leaf cuttings, Sections of rhizome


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Where to grow

Begonia 'Venetian Red' (Begonia 'Venetian Red') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grow under glass in light, well-drained, loam-based or loam-less, neutral to slightly acid compost in indirect light. In growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser at alternate waterings. Keep just moist in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Begonia 'Venetian Red'

Other names

Begonia 'Venetian Red', Rex begonia 'Venetian Red', King begonia 'Venetian Red', Painted-leaf begonia 'Venetian Red'

Genus

Begonia Begonia

Variety or Cultivar

'Venetian Red' _ 'Venetian Red' is a tender, rhizomatous, clump-forming, evergreen perennial with large, irregularly lobed, grey-green leaves turning deep red with black-edged, white veins. Panicles of pink flowers bloom in winter.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

The flowers are scented

Habit

Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Pink in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green, Dark-red, Veined in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Caterpillars , Mealybugs , Thrips , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Little to no pruning required. Remove faded leaves as necessary.

Propagation methods

Leaf cuttings, Sections of rhizome


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Begonia 'Venetian Red' (Begonia 'Venetian Red') will reach a height of 0.3m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Greenhouse, Indoor

Cultivation

Grow under glass in light, well-drained, loam-based or loam-less, neutral to slightly acid compost in indirect light. In growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser at alternate waterings. Keep just moist in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Begonia 'Venetian Red' (Begonia 'Venetian Red')

Common pest name

GRSV

Scientific pest name

Groundnut ringspot virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Virus affecting begonia; salad and other crops. First European outbreak detected in Finland in 2015.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Begonia 'Venetian Red' (Begonia 'Venetian Red')

Common pest name

Asain cotton leafworm; Cluster caterpillar; Fall armyworm; Rice cutworm; Taro caterpiller; Tobacco budworm; Tobacco caterpillar; Tobacco cutworm; Tobacco leaf caterpillar

Scientific pest name

Spodoptera litura

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Regulated pest; frequently intercepted with occasional outbreaks which have been successfully eradicated in the UK.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Begonia 'Venetian Red' (Begonia 'Venetian Red')

Common pest name

Necrotic spot

Scientific pest name

Impatiens necrotic spot virus

Type

Virus or Viroid

Current status in UK

Present (Widespread)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Pest of mainly ornamentals and vegetables; present in the UK; and covered by the EU listing of Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus. To be kept under consideration in light of a review of the EU listing.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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